Dear reader, remember when I was telling you about Izzy's hamster and the key piece of misinformation given us by the petshop associate at the time of purchase? Well, since then I've made a few gentle hints to Izzy on the matter, only to meet with such staunch denial that I felt forced to acknowledge perhaps I was wrong after all...only in the meantime please don't let Nellie play with the other hamsters!
At any rate, a few days ago Izzy came into the kitchen and said, "Mom, I guess I might as well deal with the fact that Nellie's a boy. Shall I name her something else, then?"
So we've been giving the matter no end of deliberation--names are a serious business around here! Humphrey. Nigel. Charles. Sebastian. All upstanding choices, yet nothing quite captured the depth and essence of this furry fellow. Finally we narrowed it down to something Izzy really likes, inspired by a composer of great talent and personality.
So without further ado, please update your iPhones with the following information: the hamster formerly known as Nellie now answers to Ludwig.
Ludi for short. And it's best pronounced with a decrepit German accent.
It just is.